Keep sol­dier­ing on

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Perth -

AN­ZAC Day is an ap­pro­pri­ate time to also fo­cus on our more re­cently re­turned servicemen and women and Sol­dier On is en­cour­ag­ing at­ten­dance at a cen­ten­nial break­fast in Perth on April 24 to raise funds for its sup­port pro­grams.

Sol­dier On WA state manager Daniel Fog­a­rty said the in­de­pen­dent na­tional char­ity pro­vided sup­port to for­mer De­fence Force mem­bers who had re­turned from ser­vice with phys­i­cal or psy­cho­log­i­cal wounds since 1990.

The WA op­er­a­tion, es­tab­lished about 18 months ago by two vol­un­teers, gained its first em­ployee in De­cem­ber and is based in an of­fice pro­vided by the South of Perth Yacht Club at Cof­fee Point in Ap­ple­cross.

Mr Fog­a­rty said the branch ran a weekly learn to sail pro­gram on an Etchell yacht do­nated by the SoPYC where a part­ner­ship had also been formed with fel­low ten­ant Cam Can, an or­gan­i­sa­tion that helps peo­ple with dis­abil­ity and their fam­i­lies live in the com­mu­nity.

“We had some sailors, for- mer de­fence per­son­nel, who en­joyed learn­ing to sail on the Etchell so much that they helped crew a ves­sel in the 2014 Syd­ney to Ho­bart,” Mr Fog­a­rty said.

“The yacht they were on, South­ern Ex­cel­lence, fin­ished ninth in line honours.

“Sol­dier On was able to pay for this ex­pe­ri­ence which has helped th­ese guys enor­mously.”

Other ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude weekly so­cial cy­cling ses­sions,

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey

Daniel Fog­a­rty on the Etchell.

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